Feb. 14, 2019

Sweetbrier

Here's another sweetbrier.  The flowers of this species are often slightly smaller than many wild roses, and more intensely colored.  Not this individual.  Around the bloom you can see the divided sepals that are one key to identification.  The scented glands of the species can be seen in the enlarged view if you look closely at the sepals and petioles.  The fruit of sweetbrier is a very good source of vitamin C.  In World War II, many Europeans used them in tea, and used hops as a source of vitamin A.  Hence, "We're getting along on hips and hops".